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Northwest Missouri State University


Student Spotlight

    Sept. 1, 2016

    Student Media named national finalist for publication, broadcast awards

    All four media outlets representing Northwest Missouri State University Student Media have been named national Pinnacle Award finalists by College Media Association, while the Tower yearbook has been named a Pacemaker finalist by Associated Collegiate Press and KZLX-LP FM has been named a finalist for best radio promotion by College Broadcasters Inc. 

    Northwest Student Media organizations have been named Pinnacle finalists annually since 2013. KZLX was named a Pinnacle Station of the Year in 2013 and 2014.

    “These awards speak to the quality of instruction our students receive in the classroom and in their respective media outlets,” said Steven Chappell, who serves as an instructor of mass media and director of student publications at Northwest, advising both the Tower and Northwest Missourian. “For all of our student media outlets to each be a finalist for at least one national award says wonders about the breadth and depth of our entire program. Most schools are lucky to have one outlet represented, and the fact we have had finalists each of the past four years also speaks to our long-term excellence and success.”

    The Northwest Missourian student newspaper is a finalist for two Pinnacle awards. Editorial cartoonist Colin Vaughn was named a finalist for his cartoon “Behold! The concealed-carry college student,” which ran in the Feb. 25 edition of the Missourian. Additionally, Jake Mlnarik, of Maryville, who served as design editor before completing his bachelor’s degree last spring in mass media: applied advertising, was named a finalist for Best Newspaper Front Page Design.

    Courtney Leinen, of Harlan, Iowa, the design editor of Tower and a senior interactive digital media: visual imaging major, was named a finalist for Best Yearbook Sports Page/Spread, for her design “Soaring into the Record Book,” in the 2016 Tower, “Things Change, Change Things.”

    Additionally, Tower was named a Pacemaker finalist by the Associated Collegiate Press for its 2015 book, “In.” Kelsey Schriver, of Kansas City, Kansas, who recently completed her bachelor’s degree in interactive digital media with a new media emphasis, served as editor-in-chief of both nominated books.

    KZLX-LP FM 106.9, advised by Assistant Professor of Mass Media Phil Beskid, was named a Pinnacle finalist for Best Radio Special Event Coverage for its piece, “Inside Game Day,” which reported the preparations required for Northwest to host a home football game. Adam Bochart, a senior mass media: broadcast production major from Creston, Iowa, produced the feature, which may be heard by clicking here.

    Timothy Ning, a senior mass media: broadcast production major from Kansas City, Missouri, was named a finalist by College Broadcasters Inc. for Best Promo-Audio for his production of promotional spots for the radio station. 

    KNWT Channel 8, advised by Television and Video Engineer Will Murphy, was named a Pinnacle finalist for Best TV Special Event Coverage, for its coverage of the 2016 Iowa Caucuses. The entry is available by clicking here.

    Jacob Wood, a senior mass media: broadcast journalism major from Lawson, Missouri, produced the package with contributors Katie Brown, Kayla Morgan, Rachel DeYoung and Tom Pinney.

    Pinnacle winners will be announced Oct. 26-30 at the College Media Association Fall Convention in Atlanta, Georgia. Pacemaker winners will be announced Oct. 20-23 at the Associated Collegiate Press Fall Convention in Washington, D.C.


    For more information, please contact:

    Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
    mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

    Northwest Missouri State University
    215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468